Chelsea have joined the race to sign one of the most exciting young talents in South America after registering their interest in Uruguayan wonderkid Federico Valverde.
The Daily Mirror reports that the 16-year-old midfielder is currently on the books at Penarol, but attracted attention from a host of European suitors after a series of eye-catching performances in the South American U17 Championships.
Blues boss Jose Mourinho is keen to negotiate a deal to bring Valverde to Stamford Bridge, but faces competition from Premier League rivals Arsenal, who have also been credited with an interest in the talented teenager.
The Gunners have already made contact with the player's representatives, with the bidding set to start at around £2 million. However, there's still time for Chelsea to clinch Valverde's signature as the two clubs prepare to go head-to-head for his services this summer.
Valverde was one of the shining lights of that youth international tournament in Paraguay, netting seven goals from midfield as Uruguay topped their group ahead of Argentina and Chile.
Penarol's head coach Pablo Bengoechea recently admitted that the precocious young talent is already knocking on the first-team door and despite his tender age is close to being selected for the senior side.
However, there's now a genuine chance that Valverde could depart Estadio Centenario before making his debut as Chelsea and Arsenal proceed with plans to lure the player to England.
Chelsea chase Japanese star
Chelsea have made a surprise offer for Japan international Yoshinori Muto, according to FC Tokyo president Naoki Ogane.
Muto has been watched by Blues scouts since last May, but now reportedly fits the bill as a midfielder capable of making the grade in the Premier League.
Gomes denies Chelsea transfer
Valencia midfielder Andre Gomes has denied reports he's set to sign for Chelsea after reiterating his commitment to the Spanish club and insisting he remains happy at the Mestalla.
Blues boss Jose Mourinho has been credited with an interest in the 21-year-old's signature, but it looks as though the Portuguese ace has no desire to join his compatriot at Stamford Bridge.
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